Landscapes I: July 10 & 11 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, SAMC 259
Number Sense, Addition and Subtraction
From counting and cardinality through place value, this minicourse will look at the big ideas relating to number, addition & subtraction from whole numbers to fractions, the strategies students utilize in developing those big ideas, and models that promote concrete understanding. Our discussions will focus on sharing classroom practices that foster students’ growth across the landscape and take advantage of the range of grade level perspectives that will be represented. Number talks, number strings, tape diagrams, tools for thinking including the rekenrek and Digi-Blocks, all will be an integral part of the course as we consider how best to develop students conceptual understanding in concrete and pictorial representations and that lead to more abstract thinking. The content in Landscapes I will be the basis for development of ideas central to the focus of Landscapes II.
Landscapes II: July 12 & 13 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, SAMC 259
Multiplication & Division
Extending the discussion from Landscapes I, this minicourse will explore the landscape of learning for multiplication and division and the associated big ideas, strategies, and models. Discussions will include use of area models and number lines for developing pictorial representations across the grade levels, as well as number talks, number strings, and other classroom practices for thinking about multiplication and division. Partitive and measurement models for division will be developed and extended from whole numbers to fractions. Discussions will focus on sharing classroom practices that foster students’ growth across the landscape and take advantage of the range of grade level perspectives that will be represented.
Landscapes III: July 17 & 18 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, SAMC 259
The content in Landscapes II will be the basis for development of ideas central to the focus of Landscapes III. That said, new participants are welcome! We will build on previous work with multiplication and division as we explore changes to traditional instruction on fractions in the Common Core standards. For example, we will explore the new conception of fractions as measures, unit fractions as building blocks for fractions and whole numbers through the processes of partitioning and iterating, and the conceptual underpinnings of fraction arithmetic. We will also examine how models such as number bonds, ratio tables, bar models and area models naturally extend from whole numbers to fractions.
Landscapes IV: July 19 & 20 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, SAMC 259
Extending the discussion from Landscapes I, II & III, this minicourse will explore the landscape of learning for algebra and the associated big ideas, strategies, and models. Again, new participants are welcome! Discussions will focus on fostering a conceptual understanding of equality and variable, the generalization of numeric relationships and properties, patterning, and functional thinking. Models that have been introduced in Landscapes I, II & III will be further developed through a concrete-pictorial-abstract progression. We will also share classroom practices that foster algebraic reasoning and take advantage of the range of grade level perspectives that will be represented.
New York is embarking on great change in science education! The SUNY Buffalo State Master Teacher Program will help teachers get ready for the new standards with an introductory workshop on Next Gen NYSSLS. Participants will learn about Three Dimensional Learning as outlined in the Framework for K-12 Science Education. We will explore the scope and sequence of the new science standards, learn how to read the new Performance Expectations, and work in groups to explore learning activities that represent good science practices.
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The SUNY Buffalo State Master Teacher program is excited to offer this set of professional development minicourses for P-8 teachers. In these minicourses, teachers are introduced to the content in NYS Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) by exploring their own ideas and children’s ideas about the targeted science concepts. These minicourses are specifically aligned with the new NYSSLS. The relevant NYSSLS Performance Expectations (PE) are listed for each course. All minicourses will take place at SUNY Buffalo State. Each course meets Monday-Thursday 9:00-12:00. Morning food and beverages will be available at 8:30 before each session begins. Click here for a flier!
Session I: July 10-13 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, SAMC
Heredity: Why do offspring have common traits with parents? We will develop ideas about the role DNA plays in transmitting traits from generation to generation and discover why organisms are similar to but not exactly the same as their parents. (Relevant NYSSLS PEs: P-LS3-1, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2)
Earth, Moon, & Sun: Teachers will explore the size and scale of our Earth, Moon & Sun system. We will learn about orbits, moon phases, eclipses, and the causes of the seasons on Earth. We will investigate the relative sizes, motions, and positions of the Sun and Earth, with seasons being used as evidence of these relationships. We will ask questions and clarify the evidence of the factors that have cause the rise in global temperatures. (Relevant NYSSLS PEs: P-PS3-1, K-PS2-1, K-PS3-2, K-ESS2-1, 1-ESS1-1, 1-ESS1-2, 5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3, MS-ESS3-5)
Electric, Magnetic, and Gravitational Forces: Simple explorations using common household items will be used to study Static Electricity, Magnetism and Gravity forces. Common misconceptions and fundamental ideas will be explored. (Relevant NYSSLS PEs: P-PS2-1, K-PS3-1, K-PS3-2, 2-PS1-1, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4, 5-PS1-3, 5-PS2-1, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-4, MS-PS2-5)
Session II: July 17-20 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, SAMC
Evolution: Participants will investigate how variation contributes to the mechanisms of change within a population. The fossil record documents the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of many life forms throughout the history of life on Earth. Natural selection occurs when there is variation in a population that is expressed in traits that lead to differences in survival and reproductive ability (Relevant NYSSLS PEs: P-LS3-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS4-2, MS-LS3-2, MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2, MS-LS4-3, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-6)
Processes that Shape Earth: In this minicourses, teachers will explore ideas of geologic scale and the development of Earth’s surface features. Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. How can evidence from patterns in rock formations allow us to determine how landscapes can change over time? We will use real world data from NASA to examine scientific evidence that demonstrates how Earth has changed and developed over its 4.6-billion-year-old-history. (Relevant NYSSLS Ps: 2-ESS1-1, 3-LS4-1, 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-2, 5-ESS2-1, MS-ESS1-4., MS-ESS2-2 MS-ESS2-3.)
Electricty and Energy: Teachers will learn about electric circuits and transformation to other forms of energy. Fundamental ideas about electricity, light energy, motion energy, and sound energy will be explored. (Relevant NYSSLS PEs: P-PS3-1, K-PS3-1, K-PS3-2, 2-PS1-1, 2PS1-2, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, 5-PS1-3, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-4, MS-PS2-5)
July 24-27, Holiday Valley
Are you interested in sharing your teaching ideas with a wider audience? The Western NY cohort is again hosting a writing program for NYS Master Teachers who want to publish their teaching ideas and experiences in professional journals. Interested teachers can work alone, with another Master Teacher or a college faculty co- author to generate topics and outlines for articles. Before the summer, groups will meet (in person and/or online) to discuss ideas to prepare for the summer writing retreat. Teachers who are ready to complete the writing process will be invited to the Professional Writing Retreat to write their articles and submit them for publication. The cost is $800 which includes accommodations, meals, and writing coaching. The home regional cohort may cover the cost of attendance for a limited number of Master Teachers. Please inform your Site Coordinator if you would like to participate. Failure to do so by the NYS Master Teacher may result in NYSMTP funds not available for that individual.
August 12, SUNY Buffalo State
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August 14-16, SUNY Buffalo State
The Western NY Master Teachers will host physics, physical science, and engineering technology Master Teachers from around New York State for a 3-day Retreat. The retreat will include:
-Make & Take projects for teaching and demonstrations: Teachers will be invited to organize a Make & Take project for the rest of the group. Workshop space, tools, and materials will be arranged.
-Presenting and Publishing session where we will share and learn about publishing articles in teacher journals and presenting at state and national conferences.
-Field trips to Western New York manufacturing and research facilities.
-Physics Teacher Alliance organization. Master Teachers will explore ways to create or strengthen existing physics teacher alliances.
-Activities such as Teslamania and Physics Olympics will be shared.
-After hours, informal activities to promote collaboration across the state. Instruction and Materials will be provided by the Western NY Regional Cohort.
On-campus, apartment style housing will be available. Parking will be available at no charge. The cost is $400 Instruction & Lab; $59/night Housing. The home regional cohort may cover the cost of attendance for a limited number of Master Teachers. Please inform your Site Coordinator if you would like to participate. Failure to do so by the NYS Master Teacher may result in NYSMTP funds not available for that individual.
This workshop is for Master Teachers only. Click here to register.
August 15 & 16, Burchfield Penney Art Center, 2nd floor
Jim Knight reveals why and how true dialogue will improve professional performance, job satisfaction, and classroom instruction. Together with his Reflection Guide, the two books provide a brilliant, scaffolded professional learning experience on a topic central to learning, and central to life.
-Identify their own beliefs about communication by exploring the six Better Conversation Beliefs
-Learn the ten Better Conversation Habits
-Practice using the Better Conversation Habits in experiential learning activities
-Self-coach themselves on their use of the Better Conversation habits
-Leave the session with (a) new habits that should have an immediate, positive impact on their ability to communicate at work and at home, and (b) a self-coaching strategy they can use to continue improving their communication skills long after they leave the institute.
There is no charge for Cheektowaga Central School District employees and Master Teachers. There is a $400 fee for other participants.
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